Vital

Well we finally tested the idea of doing some work with clergy and Vestry Secretaries/Lay Chairs in Stirling last night.  It seems to me that this is one of the key relationships in congregational life – it’s a relationship which needs to be in good creative order if leadership is to be offered and accepted.  The Canons, as so often, are eloquently unhelpful.  I mentioned the challenge of responding to multiple, undeclared and contradictory of expectations.

So we – meaning Peter Mackie – did some work with a group of about twelve.  The results of course were very interesting.  Lots of things deeper down, no doubt.  But the range of practice was remarkable – frequency and duration of meeting varying to a considerable degree.

And we had a look at the Vital Vestries material which comes from the Local Collaborative Ministry stable.

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